Board of Directors

Lynette Manderson (President)

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Professional Background
Lynette hails from the “Chatham-side” of Miramichi (Loggieville), New Brunswick where she grew up working on her family’s campground. She attended the University of New Brunswick (UNB) where she graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry and served as VP of Student Services for 2 consecutive terms at the UNB Student Union. For the entirety of her career, Lynette has worked within the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries for Shoppers Drug Mart Specialty Health Network (SDMSHN) and currently Gilead Sciences. Her experience spans insurance navigation, market access and drug reimbursement, pharmacy and wholesaling logistics, project and program management, as well as consultation within these disciplines. Lynette led the strategic focus for the Hepatitis business at SDMSHN, managing over $25 million in business and currently operates one of the largest patient programs in Canada. She is Six Sigma trained and Canadian Continuing Pharmaceutical Education-certified.

Capacity with ECC
Lynette began with East Coast Connected in 2008 co-chairing the ECC Army, the previously branded social arm of the organization. She has participated on the charity ball committee and various ECC committees since that time. Lynette joined the board in late 2014 in the capacity of Director responsible for our earmark event, the ECC Charity Ball. She began as President of the East Coast Connected Board of Directors in March 2015. She strongly believes in the ECC brand, its mandate and the potential it has within its Toronto and East Coast communities. In the next 2 years she will focus on increasing value for its members and volunteers, and supporting efforts that give back to our east coast roots. For volunteers interested in assuming a role within ECC either in Toronto or on the East Coast, please forward your name, contact information and area of interest/s to info@eastcoastconnected.com.

 Chris Crowell (Board Chair, Events)

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Chris Crowell is a creative professional and technology evangelist with fifteen plus years of strategic partnership, sales and operations experience in big tech and startups alike (he founded two). He holds both a LL.B. (JD) and MBA and has exceptional board, strategic advisory and community engagement experience. Chris is a past winner of Dalhousie University’s Outstanding Young Alumnus award.
Chris assembled the team that founded East Coast Connected in 2007 and chaired the first two Atlantic Business Summits . Chris currently leads Worldwide Licensing at OpenText.

Amy Warren

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Amy Warren is a communications skills trainer and learning consultant. Her company, The Quiet Speaker, designs and delivers training that helps introverts shine in the spotlight. She also consults with organizations on the development and implementation of training projects. Amy grew up in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. She graduated from Memorial University with Commerce and Arts degrees. Amy spent five years working in Newfoundland’s energy and environmental industries, before moving to Washington, DC to pursue her MBA. From 2011 to 2014, she worked with the small business training team at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. Amy recently moved to Toronto to launch her own business. Her biggest passion is helping people become better communicators–she’s been an active Toastmaster and speech mentor for 8 years. Amy is currently pursuing a certificate in adult training and development at the University of Toronto.

Melissa Edwards

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Melissa is a proud East Coaster from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She relocated to the great city of Toronto in 2011 after embracing a career growth opportunity with Canada’s largest fitness chain, GoodLife Fitness. With ten years experience in the Health & Wellness industry, having held leadership positions in Sales Management, Marketing and Public Relations, Melissa currently serves as a Senior Manager & National Marketing Liaison within GoodLife’s Business Development Department. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations with Certificate in Marketing (High Distinction, Co-Operative Education), and is working towards completion of her MBA (part-time). She is an active member of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN, Toronto). Alongside like-minded Atlantic Canadians living and working in Toronto, Melissa looks forward to positively impacting ECC’s vision for growth.

Olga Koukidis

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Olga considers herself one of Nova Scotia’s finest ambassadors, finding any opportunity to talk to others about the province’s beautiful ocean scenery, its humble and friendly people, and of course the lack of traffic and affordable real estate!  After graduating from Dalhousie University in 2010, she packed up her law degree and returned to Toronto to find work as a lawyer.  Since then she’s become really good at reading 200 page documents without dozing off and drafting big, scary commercial contracts.  Olga is known for her friendly, water-cooler conversations and her “how deep are they?” dimples – but don’t be fooled by her sunny disposition; she is a force to be reckoned with in negotiations and courtroom proceedings.  In addition to litigation, Olga is especially interested in charity law (which conveniently suits her new position as ECC’s counsel) and she hopes to bring her enthusiasm of the law to the rest of the Board.

Bobby Hennessey

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Bobby joins the board for his first year in 2015 as the Director of Membership.  He spends half of his time as a marketing, sales and technology consultant for high-growth technology companies, and the other half as the General Manager of The Entrepreneurship Society – an organization that brings together top tier entrepreneurs with the investment and professional services community.  Prior to this, he has worked in sales and marketing at a number of technology startups including 4 years at Radian6/Salesforce.com. He was born and raised in Prince Edward Island and attended business school at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.  By 2013, he made the move to Toronto. Outside of work, Bobby enjoys skiing or snowboarding, beer-league hockey, and traveling.

 

Scott Howard

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After exiting Coral CEA where he delivered his core customer a 5x economic impact ($45m+), Scott has joined Ingle International as Vice President of Strategy & Business Development. Scott is responsible for Revenue Management and overall growth of the business. Scott lives in downtown Toronto with his wife Stephanie and daughter Zoe. After growing up in Halifax and graduating High School in Omaha, Nebraska, Scott earned a BA in Political Science & History from the University of Western Ontario.

Nathan Snowie

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Nathan is currently a Senior Associate in the Corporate Finance Group of Grant Thornton LLP, a leading Canadian accounting and business advisory firm that provides audit, tax, and advisory services to both private and public organizations. He spent 3 years in the firm’s assurance practice across various industries including, but not limited to, real estate, manufacturing, retail, and non-profit organizations. Since joining the firm’s corporate finance practice in 2012, he is now advising on both sell-side and buy-side M&A engagements, performing valuations, facilitating financing and performing transaction advisory and due diligence services.
Nathan completed his bachelor of business administration at the University of Prince Edward Island where he was also a member of the varsity Panthers soccer team. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he pursued his Chartered Accountant designation through the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy where he was a successful candidate on the 2011 Uniform Final Exam.
Born and raised in Sherwood, Prince Edward Island, Nathan moved to Toronto in the fall of 2011. Outside of work, Nathan is an active member of numerous recreational hockey and soccer teams, and enjoys travelling as frequently as possible.

Michael Prime (Chief Technology Officer)

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Mike is an energetic leader with over 18 years of experience in field of Information Technology. He has proven success in managing technical resources and technical projects in fast-paced results-orientated environments and driving process improvements that successfully bridge business needs with effective IT solutions. Mike was born and raised in southwestern Nova Scotia and moved to Ontario at the age of 18 to study Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Currently Mike works as the head of IT as the Real Estate Council of Ontario where he leads a team of IT professionals who provide infrastructure support and application development services to the organization.